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Kovie Biakolo and Kalli Anderson Announced as Tow Professors

Kovie Biakolo, director of the Arts and Culture Reporting Program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, and Kalli Anderson, director of Audio Journalism, have been named Tow Professors for the 2022-2024 academic years. The professorships enable CUNY’s Newmark J-School to support the research of two teachers who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their … Continued

CUNY Launches Criminal Justice Reporting Initiative

Last week, CUNY’s Craig Newmark Journalism School announced the launch of its Criminal Justice Reporting Initiative. ⁠ ⁠ Created with support from The Tow Foundation and in collaboration with THE CITY, this program will offer a two-day workshop for mid-career journalists and a 14-week course for J-School students. ⁠ “We are thrilled that The Tow Foundation … Continued

Alina Malek and Emily Laber-Warren Announced as Tow Professors

As Tow Professors at Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, Alina Malek and Emily Laber-Warren serve as leaders in both higher education and journalism. Malek (above) is a journalist and former civil rights lawyer and serves as the director of International Reporting Program. Laber-Warren is a long-time science journalist and serves as the … Continued

Celebrating 15 Years Of The Newmark J-school

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, a grantee partner of The Tow Foundation, Spectrum NY1 put on a one-hour TV special that highlighted the voices of students, faculty and alumni. For a segment-by-segment breakdown of the special, click here.

Two Grantee Partners Honored With Pulitzer Prizes

This year’s list of Pulitzer Prize winners included two grantee partners. For its year-long, far-reaching investigation into police dog bites, The Marshall Project was honored in the national reporting category. In the music category, the Claire and Leonard Tow Professor in Music at Brooklyn College, Tania León, won for her original composition, “Stride.”

Emily Bell Testifies Before Congress

The House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing February 24 on “Fanning the Flames: Disinformation and Extremism in the Media.” The hearing included expert testimony from Emily Bell, the Leonard Tow professor of journalism and director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia. You can read her testimony here or watch it … Continued

Grantee Partners Break Down The Us Capitol Attack

It’s been one week since the attacks on our nation’s Capitol. As the dust settled, our grantee partners released pieces tackling everything from hate symbols to messaging guidelines. See below for four examples of their incredible work: Capitol Rioters Planned for Weeks in Plain Sight. The Police Weren’t Ready. – FRONTLINE | PBS The day … Continued

The Platform Press: How Silicon Valley Reengineered Journalism

There is a rapid takeover of traditional publishers’ roles by companies including Facebook, Snapchat, Google, and Twitter that shows no sign of slowing, and which raises serious questions over how the costs of journalism will be supported. This report, part of an ongoing study by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, … Continued